JUN
26
2013

Summer Boredom Buster: Sidewalk Chalk Fun

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Welcome to another semi-educational summer boredom buster! Today we’re making homemade sidewalk chalk, yep, from scratch. This recipe is fairly easy, I will warn you it can get a little messy, but all in all it went well! And, what better way to get kiddos outside and playing than some homemade sidewalk chalk! It provides hours of entertainment, while at the same time exercising some of those hand muscles they’ll need for handwriting when the new school year starts back up! It’s all part of my sneaky summer education program…um, yeah… So let’s get down to the nitty gritty shall we? What You’ll Need: A mold (This can be toilet paper tubes, or silicone ice trays. In our case, silicone cake pop molds) 3/4 cup warm water 1 cup Plaster of Paris 2 tablespoons powdered or liquid tempera paint (color of your choice, we did red, blue, & yellow, then mixed for secondary colors) Disposable bowls & mixing utensil (like plastic cups, and a popsicle stick or … [Read more...]

JUN
25
2013

Summer Boredom Buster: Science & Math

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Welcome to another semi-educational summer boredom buster! Today we’re experimenting with mystery potions and color mixing! I will start off by saying that I highly recommend you do the science lab color mixing activity O U T S I D E. Outside. Do it outside. Are you outside? Okay, we can begin… Supplies: Plastic measuring containers, bowls etc Safety glasses, you know for effect and all. Water Food Coloring Optional: Eye droppers, measuring spoons A few willing scientists I found this Liquid Measuring Kit from Lakeshore Learning, but you can really use any variety of containers you have on hand.   If you’d like your children to follow some recipes, try out my color mixing cards to measure and mix new colors! Otherwise it’s also fun to let your students just mix to their little hearts content. As long as they’re outside.   Directions: Mix containers with different color water. Set up the containers on a table outside, and let kids have … [Read more...]

JUN
20
2013

Summer Boredom Buster: Bridge Activities

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Welcome to another day of Kids Summer Boredom Buster ideas!   Today we’re taking a break from mindless fun and going towards a little educational refresher. I don’t know what the difference is for my kiddos, but they seem to love the Carson Dellosa Summer Bridge activity books. And since they’re literally ZERO planning on my part, I love them during summer too.   Keeping up with your students reading, math, and other basic skills over the long summer break is important. I’m not sure if this happens to your kids, but it seems like a few weeks after school is out my kids seem to forget everything they’ve learned the previous year. Of course Carson-Dellosa also offers a TON of other great resources, and they’ve just made their website even easier to navigate!   Check out the NEW Carson-Dellosa website! www.carsondellosa.com. Carson-Dellosa asked hundreds of teachers and parents how they wanted to shop online.  Based on customer feedback, the new and improved … [Read more...]

JUN
19
2013

Summer Boredom Buster: DIY Play-Doh

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Welcome to another day of Summer Boredom Busters by Erica! Today we’re making DIY No Cook Play-Doh!   Okay, so I know this stuff has been around forever, but it’s still a great summer boredom buster. Tho’ I will admit, last time I made it it was a little sticky! But with the amount my kids go through I thought it was worth it to try making our own homemade play-doh one more time. Really it’s mostly flour and water, so the cost is very minimal as well. Especially if you have four kiddos who love play-doh! I did alter my recipe a bit from last year, so I think this one worked better. Here we go… Ingredients: (This recipe will make exactly the amount you see in the image below. Each one is about 1” dia. x 4” long.) 1 1/2 cups cold water 4 tsp. vegetable oil 3 cups flour 3/4 cup salt 2 Tbsp. cream of tartar (Located in spice isle. This helps dough keep longer and helps with elasticity.) Food Coloring or Koolaid to color the dough Directions: In … [Read more...]

JUN
18
2013

Summer Boredom Buster: DIY Bird Feeder

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Hi everyone! I had so many ideas for  the iHomeschool Network blog hop last week that I decided to extend it a little on my blog so I could share everything. So today we’re talking about DIY bird feeders. I love the idea of watching all those cute feathered friends cruising around in our back yard. So we could get a closer look at some of them we thought we’d try to see if we could get some of them interested in our bird feeder. It went okay, we had more big pigeon type birds than all the little colorful ones we’d hoped for, but hey, at least our bird seed didn’t go to waste. Keep on reading to find out how to make your own bird feeder. And this isn’t just a summer thing, make sure to help feed your feathered friends all winter long too! Materials Needed: 1-liter empty soda bottle 1 to 2 wooden spoons craft knife and marker small eye screw Bird seed Directions: Clean out the inside of the soda bottle with warm soap and water then allow to dry. … [Read more...]

JUN
13
2013

Summer Boredom Busters: Moon Dough

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Hi everyone! Welcome to day 5 of my Summer Boredom busters series. Some days I wonder what the heck I’m thinking. For example days when I say “Hey kids, let’s make some moon dough.” I really dislike moon dough. My kids really like moon dough. Who knew a little flour and some baby oil could keep my kids busy for so long? Now I must admit, I have a love/hate relationship with moon dough. My kids love it, and I hate the mess it makes! That said, we braved the mess and made some of our own for super cheap. We also did it outside. Which I would HIGHLY recommend. I’m just sayin’.   Supplies: 4 cups flour 1/2 cup baby oil Optional: Crushed pastel chalks to color dough   Directions: In a large container, mix flour and baby oil until well blended. Mixture will be smooth and pack easily together in your hand. To color the dough, add in a finely crushed piece of pastel chalk. I found the red one worked best to color the … [Read more...]

JUN
12
2013

Summer Boredom Busters: Leaf Art

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Hi everyone! Welcome to day 4 of my Summer Boredom busters series!   One of our favorite activities to do is crafts with leaves. We did this later in summer when leaves are changing, but you can really do it anytime and even use things like flower petals, berries, leaves, small sticks, and any other materials you find.     I’m still not sure which part is more fun, the gathering, or the creating…maybe both. I always love to watch Tinker Bell do her gathering. She’s always very specific. The other kids fill their buckets with all kinds of choices, but not Tinker Bell. She usually has something in mind, and only gathers exactly what she needs for her project. The other thing I love to see are kids working together for a common goal. No selfishness, just fun. Once we get back in the house, we dump our leaves all over the table. I know, I promise it will clean up, just go with it.  I suggest making your own design, it’ll … [Read more...]

JUN
11
2013

Summer Boredom Busters: Rock Art

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Hi everyone! Welcome to day 3 of my Summer Boredom busters series! I don’t know about you, but my kids love to collect rocks. Then bring them inside. Name them. Wash them. And leave them on my table in a nice pile. So I decided to take advantage of that desire to hoard rocks and have them gather any stray rocks found in the grass that my husband just loves to run over with the mower. I figure we’re killing two birds with one stone so to speak. Not that we kill birds. We love birds. We even made a bird feeder. But that’s later this week. Today we’re making use of all those pesky rocks in our yards!   This is probably one of the most “FREE” summer projects you’ll run across. As long as you have some type of markers or paints, you’re all set! Supplies: Rocks from outside, smooth oval rocks are best Colorful Sharpie markers or tempera paint and brushes. Paper towel, or table covering     Directions: Send kids outside to pick up rocks. … [Read more...]

JUL
10
2011

Carson Dellosa Summer Bridge Review & Giveaway!

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Looking to add a little education into your summer days? Summer Bridge Activities are the perfect answer! Keeping up with your students reading, math, and other basic skills over the long summer break is important. I’m not sure if this happens to your kids, but it seems like a few weeks after school is out my kids seem to forget everything they’ve learned the previous year. I recently received some great Summer Bridge workbooks from Carson Dellosa that are awesome. The kids are doing 1 lesson per day and using the Smens pens to make it a little bit more fun. They LOVE IT! And I kid you not, one of them said “Wow, this is so much more fun than regular school!” and the other came up later in the day and actually asked me if she could do some school in her new workbook! Are you serious? YEAH! I was really thankful for these great summer bridge activities. They’re really a great addition to our summer break. I don’t have to plan anything, they just do 1-2 … [Read more...]

JUN
03
2011

Kids Activity Ideas to Help Fight Summer Boredom

So, it’s been about 30 seconds since school ended for Summer and the kids are already bugging me! “What can we do?…We’re bored…Waah, waah, waah!” My first response “We can do school!” Um…that usually fends them off long enough for me to come up with something fun to do. Since I tend to focus most of my efforts on our school activities, I just didn’t have it in me to come up with some sort of summer schedule! But…thanks to Amanda Bennett, author of the popular Download-N-Go series, I don’t have to! Amanda’s team has come up with a fun summer calendar for June, July and August 2011. Each day contains a clickable link to a fun low or no-cost activity suggestions that will help keep your children busy and engaged! As an added bonus they even include coupons for discounts on Amanda Bennett Unit Studies. The best part is that it’s totally FREE! Click here to download! (Note: You will be asked to signup via email and then the calendar will be emailed to you.) Hope this helps you fight … [Read more...]